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05 August 2021

Damon Albarn Confirmed For 2021 End Of The Road Festival

Damon Albarn End Of The Road Festival
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Damon Albarn has been announced as a special guest at next month’s End Of The Road Festival.

The Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire festival will take place from 2-5 September, with the likes of Hot Chip, King Krule and Sleaford Mods all set to perform.

Albarn will perform with his live band and a string quartet at End Of The Road, with the Blur frontman leading the latest additions to the 2021 line-up.

Crack Cloud, Sipho, Balimaya Project, Loraine James, Anna B Savage, Kiran Leonard, Wesley Gonzalez, BABii, Gwenifer Raymond, Broadside Hacks, Sam Akpro, The Umlauts, Tiberius b, John Francis Flynn, Michael Clark and Joe Goddard (DJ) have also been added to the bill.

End Of The Road have also confirmed today, 5 August, that a number of previously announced artists will no longer be performing at this year’s event.

They include Whitney, Tune-Yards, Tinariwen, Songhoy Blues, Les Amazones d’Afrique, Blanck Mass, Les Filles de Illighadad, Current Joys, Marie Davidson &L’œil Nu, Shygirl, The Anchoress, Mike Polizze, Margaret Glaspy, Itasca, Skullcrusher, Jeffrey Martin, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Disq, Sofia Wolfson, David Thomas Broughton and Marlaena Moore. Visit the event’s official website for further information.

Albarn performed as a special guest at Latitude Festival last month. His new solo album, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows, is set for release on November 12.

After announcing that he’d be signing to Transgressive Records to release the follow-up to his 2014 solo debut Everday Robots and debuting a number of the tracks at Glastonbury’s Live At Worthy Farm livestream in June, now Albarn has announced the release of his new full-length effort.

The album started life in 2019 as an orchestral project and live experience, inspired by the landscapes of Iceland, before Albarn returned to the music in lockdown to develop the work into 11 tracks which “further explore themes of fragility, loss, emergence and rebirth”. The title is taken from a John Clare poem entitled Love and Memory.

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